Desjardins Foundation Prizes

Desjardins Foundation Prizes

Have a project in mind to motivate young people?
We can provide funding so you can make it happen.

Desjardins Foundation Prizes are for driven school and community workers who would like to benefit from up to $3,000 in financial assistance to run projects with elementary or high school students.

Winners are chosen through a vote by Desjardins directors, employees and agents.

In 2020

  • 421 projects were supported
  • More than $1M was awarded for projects
  • 62,000 young people were reached

Application period

Apply by October 25, 2021.


Read the program rules (PDF, 142 KB)

See the information to provide in the application form (PDF, 186 KB)

Important dates


October 4 to 25

Application period

October 26 to November 12

Applicants' eligibility verified

November 15 to 26

Desjardins directors, employees and agents vote

Week of December 6

Winners announced


January and February

Prizes awarded to winners

Beyond the Classroom podcast series

Inspiring stories of teachers and educators who, with the help of the Desjardins Foundation prizes, brought their projects to life and helped kids stay in school.

Episode 1: Ms. Marie-Pierre's Cards

Description (6 min 35 s)
To foster new relationships and work towards a common goal, a teacher and her special needs students start a greeting card business.

Episode 2: Ms. Forest's Bees

Description (5 min 20 s)
A beehive on a Quebec school's rooftop becomes a group project.

Episode 3: Mr. Guillaume's Graffiti

Description (6 min 40 s)
A youth centre facilitator shares his passion for graffiti, leading a young participant to win a local contest.

Foundation Prizes: one inspiring story at a time

Hear from teachers and other school staff members who launched initiatives that motivated kids to work hard and stay in school.

Read the article

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